FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

OUR THEME FOR 2017
(Part 15)

THE DESIRES OF THE FLESH

 

November 27, 2016
Today’s reading: Romans 13:11-14


“For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed” (v.11c). Each new day is a step forward nearer to the fullness of salvation. As such, we need to be prepared. This happens as we grow in holiness unto the Lord. “Let us then throw off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light” (v.12b). What do we need to do?

We “conduct ourselves properly as in the day” (v.13a). We are children of light. We do not perform works done in darkness. We do not engage in sexual licentiousness, “not in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and licentiousness” (v.13b). These sins should be obvious to us.

But there are other serious sins that might not be that obvious, sins that are also committed in the dark recesses of our hearts, such as “rivalry and jealousy.” (v.13c). These sins have the added effect of bringing disunity in the body. They are committed by leaders who in fact should work of unity and peace. Leaders are mere servants, and there is no room for rivalry, which seeks to exalt one’s self and one’s work as against those of others. There is no room for jealousy, which also desires to be exalted over the position and success of others. The authentic servant leader simply serves, not looking for prominence or position.

Our model is Jesus himself, who came not to be served but to serve, who took the lowest place, who became the least of all. So we “put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (v.14a). We strive to become other Christs. As such, we “make no provision for the desires of the flesh.” (v.14b). What are such desires of the flesh that end up leading to disunity?

  • the desire for power and position, by which a leader undermines others, even rebelling against authority;
  • the desire to be better than other leaders, rather than humbly rejoicing in the success of others;
  • the desire for comfort and convenience, which leads to people rejecting the hard teachings given, and then not moving along the path leading to the cross.

We have much work that needs to be done. In these urgent times, our community has to be united in Christ in order to be able to do more. “And do this because you know the time” (v.11a).

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What's Happening?


Pro Life Conference

Card. McGuigan Catholic Secondary School 1440 Finch Ave West North York, ON September 23, 2017 1-5 PM


National Planning Session

Prince of Peace Church Hall 265 Alton Towers Circle Scarborough September 30, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Power Weekend Retreat

Monte Carlo Inn Brampton 45 Coventry Rd Brampton October 14-15, 2017 8 AM - 12 PM + 1


Marriage Enrichment Retreat 1 & 2

Monte Carlo Inn Brampton 45 Coventry Rd Brampton November 18-19,2017 8 AM - 12 PM + 1


WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE DO

Through all of our 29 years, we have spoken much of our vision and mission, who we are, what we are called to do. We know that we are an evangelistic and missionary community. This has been true from the very beginning and has never changed. We do our work within the context of family renewal. That is one distinct factor that distinguishes us from other renewal movements.
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The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. The Eucharist is the greatest gift God gives to His people. The Eucharist is our path to holiness and Christian perfection. The Eucharist is crucial to our work of the New Evangelization. We must have greater understanding and appreciation of the Eucharist, so that we can go forth and truly be effective witnesses to salvation in Jesus.

Servant leadership is crucial to our work of building up community and of doing a massive work of evangelization. Unfortunately, many who are leaders in our Church today may not have the heart of a servant. But Jesus, our Lord and Master, came not to be served but to serve. He is our main model.


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CBCP Gives Recognition to CFC- FFL

The Episcopal Commission on the Laity (ECLA) of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the  Philippines (CBCP) has given formal recognition to the Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC FFL) as a National Private Association of the Lay Faithful. 

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CFC FFL Gets Ecclesiastical Recognition

The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan has given Ecclesiastical Recognition to the Couples for Christ Foundation for Family & Life on November 17, 2009.  Click on the image below to view the Ecclesiastical Recognition document.


CFC-FFL Servant General Re-Appointed to the Pontifical Council of Family

After having been re-appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Padillas admitted that they are facing truckload of works to do with the Council given the numerous attacks being directed against the Church's doctrines on family and life. 

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